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At Home Facial

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The one thing that I find I just don’t have the time to go out to do is get a facial. I find myself feeling quite lazy when it comes to actually getting all dressed and ready just to go out to get my face and neck all dirty again. So, tonight I decided to give myself a facial right in the comfort of my home. Of course, the relaxation that comes with having a professional do it for you was dearly missed, I still managed to achieve exceptional results.

Because I have very sensitive and dry skin I used the following combination of remedies. But you may choose any of the below that may suit your skin best.

My Personal Facial:
Oatmeal Cleanser
Rose Water Toner
Egg & Honey Mask
Almond and Mayonnaise Scrub
Olive Oil as my moisturizer
**Just remember: When you’re giving yourself a facial to take your time and relax. I would even prepare everything in advance so that each step can be done one-after the other without the interruption of having to prepare the products in-between. Finally, to top everything off, cut a couple of slices of cucumbers and chill them in your fridge until you are ready to apply your mask. If you don’t have cucumbers, soak cotton balls in rose-water and place them in a bowl in your fridge. Then when you apply your mask, sit back, put the cucumber slices or cotton balls on your eyes and let the mask dry.**

For a facial, follow the below steps to achieve best results:

  1. Cleanse your face and neck with one of the below natural cleansers that best suits your skin type:
    • Milk Cleanser – Oily Skin: Mix 1 tsp powdered milk and 1 tsp water and gently massage for 2 minutes
    • Yogurt Cleanser – Sensitive Skin: Mix 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp plain yogurt. Apply the paste on to skin and leave on for 2 minutes. Then gently massage for another 2 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
    • Oatmeal Cleanser – Dry to Sensitive Skin: Mix 1/2 cup oatmeal and 1 tsp plain yogurt. Apply the paste on to skin and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
  2. Tone your face and neck with one of the below natural toner that best suits your skin type:
    • Lemon Juice – Oily Skin
    • Rose Water – Sensitive Skin
  3. Pick one of the mask recipes to apply to your face and neck from the below:
    • Avocado Yogurt Mask – Dry Skin: Blend 1 ripe Avocado with 4 tbsp yogurt. Apply the paste on to your ski and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
    • Oatmeal Banana Yogurt Mask – Very Dry Skin: Mash 1 Banana into 1 tbsp dry oatmeal and 2 tsp yogurt. Apply the paste onto skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
    • Lemon Mask – Dry Skin: Mix 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp lemon juice. Spread mixture onto face and neck and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off the with cold water.
    • Egg Honey Mask – Dry to Sensitive Skin: Mix 1 egg yolk and 2 tbsp honey. Apply paste onto skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
    • Coconut Milk Pineapple Mask – Oily Skin: Mix 1 tsp fresh pineapple juice, 1 tsp coconut milk and 1 tsp cornstarch. Apply onto skin and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
    • Cucumber Mask – Oily Skin: Puree 1/2 cucumber, 1 egg white, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp milk. Apply onto skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
  4. Exfoliate your face and neck with one of the following mixtures (Note: For any exfoliating method you choose, remember to GENTLY rub the mixture in a circular motion. Don’t be harsh and remember to get all major areas like your chin, nose and forehead. You can even gently scrub your lips with these to get any dead skin off):
    • Almond Honey Scrub – Dry Skin: Mix 2 tbsp crushed almonds and 1 tbsp honey.
    • Yogurt Almond Scrub – Blemished Skin: Mix 3 tbsp crushed almonds and 1/2 cup yogurt.
    • Almond Mayonnaise Scrub – Very Dry Skin: Grind 1/4 cup almonds and mix with 1/2 tsp mayonnaise.
    • Brown Sugar Scrub – Sensitive Skin: Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup almond oil, 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tbsp oatmeal, 1 tsp nutmeg and a pinch of Calendula petals.
    • Mint Oatmeal Scrub – To Rejuvenate Skin: 1/2 cup oatmeal and 1/4 cup dried mint. Mix with water.
  5. After you have successfully completed steps 1-4, your face and neck should be looking quite youthful, fresh and revitalized. Apply a good moisturizer and you’re set.You may wish to choose one of the below moisturizer remedies to finish off your facial:
    • Chamomile Honey Lotion – Steep 1 c. dried chamomile in 1 cup milk for a few hours. Strain, keeping the liquid. Add 4 tbsp. Honey and 8 tsp. wheat germ to liquid mixture. Blend well and place in a bottle.
    • Anti-Aging Cream – Combine 1 ounce glycerin, 1 ounce witch hazel, ½ ounce rose-water, 3 tbsp. honey, and 3 tbsp. wheat germ oil. Massage the cream into your skin using a circular and upward motion. Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. It should last for at least 1 month.

Holiday Activities & Keeping Toddlers Entertained

  Dev was sick this past weekend; he battled a terrible migraine that left him sleeping most of the day. So, Nid and I tried to keep ourselves entertained and quiet so he could get some much needed rest. But I find keeping Nid entertained difficult sometimes, she gets bored easily. 

  So, with the spirit of the holidays upon us, I decided to pick up a gingerbread man kit from Walmart during my grocery run last week. I had assumed me and her would decorate gingerbread cookies during the two week Christmas break. But instead ended up pulling it out over the weekend. 

She loved it! It was a treat for her to be licking the icing off her fingers and eating the little candies, since I limit her sweet intake to the bare minimal. 

We set up the dining table with paper towels, plates and all of our supplies (that came in the kit I had purchased) and then washed out hands and began preparing our cookies. I showed her how to make one and then let her decorate a couple of the others. 

  For $6.50 plus taxes, it was one of the most delicious and fun activities I’ve had the chance to do with her. She was so happy and seemed to really enjoy herself. 

This weekend, I’m pulling out some construction paper, paints and markers and we’re going to make Christmas cards to send to some of our family and friends. I’m also planning to take her to get her photo taken with Santa Claus at the nearby mall; which I’ll include in the handmade cards. 

Next weekend, we have our annual Christmas party in the lobby of my building, so Nid and I will be baking and decorating tons of mini-cupcakes for all the residents. I picked up a bunch of pretty decorations from Bulk Barn and know she’ll love being my little helper and setting up all the cupcakes. 

I also purchased a gingerbread house kit for us to decorate when the two-week break comes along. I can’t wait to see how our house turns out! The house cost $10 at Walmart and comes with pretty much everything you need to construct and decorate it. I might buy some candy canes for us to add to the house and eat during our construction session. 

How do you keep your little ones entertained during the weekend? Or besides all the cooking and family, what’s your plans to keep yourself sane and your kiddies entertained during the holidays? 

Top 20 Life Hacks

All over Pinterest and the internet there are hundreds of Life Hacks available to make your life slightly easier. I’ve pinned many of them lately, trying to look for  solutions to make my days a bit simpler. After I get home from work in the evening, I feel so exhausted and don’t want to do anything. But there are so many tasks and chores to do and I have Ni with me, so making sure she sticks to her schedule is a big task in itself.

I’ve compiled my Top 20 Life Hacks here for you.

  1. Delete your cookies before searching for airline tickets; prices go up if you constantly visit the same site.
  2. If you can’t find a candle or flashlight, burn a crayon instead; it will burn for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Instead of hitting backspace multiple times to correct misspelled words, erase the word by pressing CTRL + Backspace.
  4. Eating more spicy foods will fool your taste buds into being more satisfied with smaller amounts., resulting in some weight-loss.
  5. To get the built up residue from your shower head, tie a baggy of vinegar around it. Leave it there over night and it will clean everything off with no work on your part.
  6. Put coffee in an ice tray and freeze it. When you make an iced coffee, it won’t get watered down.
  7. Spraying Febreze on ants will kill them on contact and will make your home smell amazing.
  8. Put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave pizza to keep the crust from getting chewy.
  9. Blink fast for a minute. Tired eyes help you fall asleep faster.
  10. To tell if an egg is fully cooked or raw, just spin it. If the egg wobbles then it is still raw and if it easily spins, then its fully cooked.
  11. When doing your nails, use Elmer’s glue around your nail, let it dry and go crazy with paint and then peel off the glue.
  12. Download music legally: copy a YouTube URL with the song you want. Go to youtube-mp3.org and enter the URL & press “convert” and download!
  13. How to remove permanent market: Clothes & skin: hand sanitizer. Carpet: white vinegar. Walls: toothpaste or hairspray. Wood: rubbing alcohol.
  14. Cornstarch will untangle all kinds of knots. Rub some into a knot in shoelaces, chains, strings, etc. and watch as it comes apart.
  15. Turn toaster on its side, slide bread with cheese on it in and get a grilled cheese
  16. Recycle Mio bottle for salad dressing. Peel off label, pop off top, wash and fill. Great size for lunch boxes and it doesn’t leak.
  17. Rub Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying perfume to make it last longer.
  18. Microwaving a lemon or fruit for 15 seconds will double the juice you get from it.
  19. Use Bounce sheets to get dust off almost anything and tame static hair with it too.
  20. For cracked/dry/sore feet, mix 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup Listerine, 1/2 cup baking soda with warm water. Soak for 15-30 minutes and dead skin will rub off with a wash clothe.

Home Sweet Home: DIY Fabreeze

If you’re like me, you love your linen, carpets, cushions, and even curtains smelling fresh and clean. A quick way to freshen up your place is to spray Fabreeze but it’s also the costly way to freshen up your place. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fabreeze and Lysol fabric fresheners. But the bottle doesn’t last long and can really take a toll on your wallet.

So, I made my own fabric fresheners. They’re cheap and smell great! I use 1/2 cup Fleecy fabric softener and 3-4 cups water. In a bottle add fabric softener of your choice and water and mix well and there you have it, homemade fabric refreshening spray!
Alternatively, you can use scented oils. I’d just be worried if the oil would stain certain fabrics or surfaces, so I stick with fabric softener.

Try it out and let me know how fresh your home smells!

Life-Hack: Swiffer WetJet

How to get the cap off the Swiffer WetJet bottle has been a mystery for me, until now! I’ve been wasting so much money over the past six months on the refill bottles even though I don’t like the liquid cleaner inside them. All because I didn’t know you could get the cap off.

Silly me! I should’ve known better, there’s a Pin for that! Of course there is. There’s a Pin for anything and everything you could possibly think of on Pinterest. I mean with all those stay-at-home moms and dads (all the power to them) finding frugal ways to clean their home and organize, how could there not be? And I found it! Woohoo me! Oh and just so you know, it’s not rocket-science either. Come on, if I can do it, anyone can do it.

So here goes:

Remove the bottle from your Swiffer and flip it over so the cap is pointing downward. Boil a cup of water and put the bottle cap-down in the pot. Hold in place for about a minute.

Remove from water and with a clothe or towel, twist that sucker off as hard as you can. Good-job! You didn’t get it off. Lol. Don’t worry neither did I using that method. All the hot water did was soften the plastic a bit. So, I covered the cap with a clean towel and twisted it of with my mouth (I know, how un-motherly of me) but D wasn’t around so I used my mouth. If you don’t want to use your teeth, then get a wrench and grasp it with that and twist it off. It’ll be easier!

The next part in the Pin worked like a charm. Inside the cap there are itty-bitty flaps or ridges, whatever you want to call them. Get a nail-cutter and clip those off. Those are the little suckers that cause the cap to snap on to the bottle and make it so difficult to get off. Once you cut them off, you can refill your bottle with your choice of cleaner, I used Apple cider vinegar and water and twist the cap back on, pop the bottle back into your Swiffer and you’re ready to go.

Enjoy your now ever-so-awesome Swiffer WetJet without breaking the bank on those horrible refill bottles! Xoxo